Increasing sport and recreational opportunities

Sport and recreational aviation has unique characteristics. Part 149 of Civil Aviation Safety Regulations (CASR) recognises that efficient and effective self-administration can be achieved through the certification of Approved Self-Administering Organisations (ASAO). CASA authorises ASAOs to perform specified aviation administration functions that are proportionate to the capability and scope of the ASAOs administrative and operational arrangements.

Industry has told us that sport and recreational aviation’s access to controlled airspace is too restricted. Industry has suggested that this sector could safely operate at more airports and in more locations where there are arrangements in place to manage the risks. These would need to cover appropriate pilot training, airworthiness and medical obligations. CASA also recognises ASAOs could safely administer more types of lightweight aircraft.

Overview of reforms and timeframes

Table key:

  • • (bullet circle) shows when work is planned
  • Q1 ends 31 Mar
  • Q2 ends 30 Jun
  • Q3 ends 30 Sep
  • Q4 ends 31 Dec.
Reform Q1 2023 Q2 2023 Q3 2023 Q4 2023 Q1 2024 Q2 2024 Q3 2024 Q4 2024+
Proposal to remove 'stall speed limit' for light weight aeroplanes that can be administered by ASAO - COMPLETED                
Proposal to increase access to Class C and Class D airspace for sport and recreational aviation        

Learn more about Proposed amendments to CAO 95.55 - Removal of the 45-knot stall speed limit for certain sport and recreation aeroplanes – (CD 2204OS).

Proposal to remove 'stall speed limit' for light weight aeroplanes that can be administered by ASAO - COMPLETED

CASA has:

  • removed the 'stall speed limit' for light weight aeroplanes that can be administered by an ASAO. Pilots are not allowed to operate a greater range of lightweight aeroplanes.

Proposal to increase access to Class C and Class D airspace for sport and recreational aviation

Initiatives under this measure include:

  • considering the options to increase access to Class C and Class D airspace. This includes identifying the additional controls that may need to be put in place to achieve this safely.

Activities and timeframes:

  • policy considered by CASA by end of Q3 2023 (30 Sep 2023)
  • consult by end of Q3 2023 (30 Sep 2023)
  • amend CAO 95.55 or commence Part 103 MOS – benefit could be available to industry from end of Q4 2023 (31 Dec 2023).
Updated: 24 October 2023
Online version available at: https://www.casa.gov.au//resources-and-education/publications-and-resources/corporate-publications/general-aviation-workplan/increasing-sport-and-recreational-opportunities
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